Movies, Ice Cream, and a Business Trip

My kids have been begging me for a while to take them to see the new Ice Age movie (I’ve only seen the first. It was lame and predictable). So yesterday, I did. And I ate popcorn and drank diet soda (more evil than HFCS soda). And I don’t feel bad about it. I asked myself, “Am I going to be embarrassed to  admit this to the people who read my blog?” And I said no. True, movie theater popcorn is GMO  trans-fat laden garbage that is nowhere Paleo or any other measure of healthy. BUT, my family only goes to the movies once or twice a year.

 

 

 

But then there was last night… Now, I don’t miss grains. Many people who go Paleo/primal say, “Oh, I miss my pasta/bread/cookies.” Not me. Ok, popcorn, but it’s not something I’d eat at home. My biggest weakness ever is ICE CREAM. Refined sugar is poison, I get that. I am unable to get a pint and not eat it in one sitting. But dang it, if I’m going to eat ice cream, I’m going to eat the whole dang pint, otherwise it doesn’t seem worth it to me. Of course, this morning, like every other morning after eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, I woke up feeling like I have a mild hangover, with grogginess and a headache. It happens EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. But I still pick up a pint at least once a month (but honestly, I go through periods where it’s twice a WEEK).

 

 
Moving on, this afternoon I’m leaving for Dallas for THE Mary Kay event of the year, Seminar! I’m so excited! I get to hang out with my friends from back home, dress cute all the time (I find it hard to do so with toddlers hanging off of me all the time at home), and learn how I can help other women reach their dreams!

The downside to this is I will be staying in a hotel and eating at restaurants. I think I have it figured out, just order plain grilled/baked meat with loads of veggies on the side… Except one rarely finds veggies on a breakfast menu unless it’s on an omelet. I like serving my scrambled eggs on a bed of lightly heated up cabbage and sauteed onions. I’m going to bring a few packets of Shakeology, but I’d like to have another option. *Sigh* I’ll figure it out.

One more thing I’m excited about, I’m going to wear my Vibram Five Fingers at the hotel gym! I admit I love it when people ask me about them!

 

 

Wednesday Weigh-In

When I first freaked out about my weight to weeks ago, I was at my highest in 9 years. Two weeks ago, I was 150. Last Wednesday, I was at 148.8 (I did nothing to try to lose weight). This morning, I was at 144.4! Still more than my usual (138-140), but I did gain that 10 lbs in two months, so I can’t expect to lose it all in two weeks.  Pics to come later this evening.

 

Top Ten Things That Have Helped Me Lose Weight This Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my first foray into the “Tuesday Top Ten List” thingy, and I am so excited!

Top Ten Things I Did This Week To Help Me Lose 4 lbs

  1. I eat fat. I cook with butter, coconut oil and olive oil. The added fat keeps my food from digesting too fast.
  2. I eat protein at every meal.
  3. I eat a ton of veggies. I like feeling full (not stuffed though, that’s gross!). Plus veggies are full of fiber and water.
  4. I drink water. No soda, juice, milk (except a splash in my coffee, but I’m working on it).
  5. I eat chocolate, the expensive fair trade, organic, 80% cocoa kind, just one small square, after the kids go to bed so I can really sit and enjoy it.
  6. I don’t work out for more than 40 minutes. I find that if I work out too long, I get really hungry the rest of the day, not matter what I eat.
  7. I don’t eat grains. At all. I don’t miss them. I also am not sluggish, sad, or constipated, most likely because…
  8. I eat fruit when I get a snack attack in the afternoon. I’m really into plums right now.
  9. I try to go to bed at a decent time. I feel the need to eat when I’m over tired.
  10. I write this blog. Knowing that people are reading about what I’m doing keeps me accountable. Whenever I think about eating something when I’m not actually hungry, I think about how I’d have to write about it here, and that’s embarrassing!

So there ya have it. I’m not a nutrition expert, but I can read, and I enjoy experimenting on myself to see what works. I’m a never-ending project, and it’s fun!

Motivation Monday

This is what’s motivating me this week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I realized a couple weekends ago at the family reunion on the lake that wow, I’m really squishy. After I had my third baby, I got really into CrossFit style training and got down to 17% body fat, as measured with calipers. Now I find myself sucking in my gut whenever I see my refection. Side note, I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight three months after I had #4 doing ChaLEAN Extreme, so the squish I have now has nothing to do with babies, just being lazy.

I’m choosing to suck it up and quit being lazy.
Go make it great today!

 

Day One– Cauliflower Rice and Learning To Cook Again

Pic from paleospirit.com. Pretty much what my cauliflower rice looked like.

 

 

Day one is always they best, isn’t it? The motivational high you experience once your decision is made to change carries you past every temptation and even makes sucky things not seem so bad. For me, that’s cooking.
You see, chopping all those veggies and handling gooey raw chicken with grumpy hungry kids bickering in the next room is extremely unappealing to me. Couple that with kids who sometimes flat-out refuse to eat what I cook (and it’s always the meals I put time and effort into), and I get burnt-out real quick and resort to pre-made “food” that, with a simple removal from the package and thrown in the oven, is done with very little effort, leaving me with more time to keep the kids from killing each other.

Tonight though, I had my first day motivation, and was only slightly annoyed that I decided to take on that much chopping. I even handled raw chicken (quick side note, I will never, NEVER be a vegetarian/vegan. Tried a couple times, decided it was not for me). And then I learned that I kind of still suck at stir fry. My veggies always seem too soggy, I don’t know. Still edible though. And the kids ate it…
Oh, almost forgot, since I’m working toward a paleo/primal diet, I did not eat the rice I prepared for my family. I did, however, make cauliflower “rice.” It’s real simple, just put your shredding attachment in your food processor, then throw in cauliflower florets. Looks like rice, and can be eaten raw or lightly heated up. I heated mine up a little since I was mixing some of it in with one of my children’s rice (he asked for some of my “rice.” Yes, my child eats cauliflower). I have to say, I almost like cauli rice better than real rice (almost).

So now, my list of the good and the not so good. What went right today:

  • I was very careful about eating very clean
  • I drank lots of water
  • I chose not to eat out of boredom (though I did find myself in the fridge several times)

What I need to do better:

  • Drink less coffee. I strongly prefer my coffee with milk and a squirt of chocolate syrup (no, I did not throw it away yet)
  • I need to move more. Though today was a scheduled “no workout” day, I still need to stop sitting so much

Alright! I’m excited to start working out again tomorrow morning! My husband is feeling like a slug too, so he will be getting up with me, although he will be out running while I’m in the living room kicking and punching. But hey, he will make sure I get up on time!

Day Zero Of My Latest Weight-Loss Attempt

So motivated right now! This morning I made up our menu for the week with mostly meals from Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Quick And Easy Meals. I splurged on grass-fed, free-range meat and some organic veggies (I decided I’d rather spend more on the meat than the veggies this time around, so the rest of the produce is the pesticide-laden fare).

My plan for losing 30 lbs by Christmas, when my in-laws will be taking my family to Cozumel is as follows-

  • Alternating TurboFire and PiYo five days a week
  • Making a point to move more than I sit throughout the day
  • Drinking water instead of my sugary coffee beverages
  • Eating real food 85% of the time (sometimes throwing frozen pizza in the oven is easier)
  • Weighing in once a week (here, on Wednesdays)

 

And that’s it! I don’t like things being too complicated, and losing a little more than a pound a week is a safe and sane rate of loss. After a couple weeks I will be doing a different set of workouts, just to keep things interesting. Of course I will let you know what I’m doing next during my weekly weigh-ins! I’m kind of nervous posting this on a very public place, but I’m hoping that’s the extra motivation I will need on days when I just don’t feel like doing anything.

 

Anyone want to join me on meeting this goal?

 

 

Am I Ready Yet?

Once upon a time there was a young woman who was very active. She was in the Army where 5 days a week she’d work out. While in the Army she struggled with her weight, at least up until her last assignment, but over the course of her career studied as much as she could about fitness and weight loss. After getting out of the Army, the young woman continued working out and learning everything she could about fitness, weight loss and peak physical performance. And one day, she took the test and became a personal trainer.

While she loved working out and helping others get healthier, sometimes the stress of trying not to gain weight (she still wasn’t where she wanted to be, but her bigger battle was to keep from getting bigger) wore on her energy and self-esteem. And one day, she quit.

She quit working out (it was only convenient to work out at 5:30 a.m., and she was just too tired getting up that early for a long period of time), and feeling discouraged by the process of healthy eating (the young woman hated all the cutting, trimming, and chopping involved in fresh food prep, plus her children would flat out refuse to eat some of the dishes she worked so hard on. No, the children didn’t get anything else for dinner, they straight up chose to go to bed without dinner), she decided to stop making real food, and instead purchased easy-to-cook meals (to be fair though, she cooked fresh meat and sometimes added a salad or some kind of veggie from a can). The young woman used to love cooking, but she got so bogged down by her meals not getting eaten, and prep time is nightmare time with a toddler begging to get picked up and a couple more kids deciding that since mama was occupied chopping up something they weren’t going to eat anyway that it was the right time to play chase-down-wrestle-mania-let’s-fight-over-one-of-a-thousand-cars-stress-mama-out-game.

The combination of not working out and eating mostly fake “food” and other such garbage made her fat. The young woman fully accepted that her poor choices led her to her few clothes from last summer not fitting as well as they could and this intense need to avoid cameras. She felt ashamed. How does a former soldier, former personal trainer let her self-discipline slip away? How could one with such a background let herself get to where she is now, trying to find clothes that camouflage her growing thighs and don’t dig into her squishy gut? And when did she develop an intense dislike for sweating?

She has always believed you have to be READY, really ready to make the changes necessary to get healthy, ready to form the self-discipline required to stick with the changes past a week (or in her case, past two days). So even though she still feels disdain for getting up early, sweating, and actually having to chop veggies (she thinks it might be worth the money to buy pre-chopped), she still finds her self asking this past couple weeks, “Am I ready yet?”

So, is she ready to commit to working out three days a week? Is she ready to stop eating ice cream and start eating celery? Is she ready to stop feeling like a sad slug? Find out tomorrow!